Inishowen urged to be SunSmart
PEOPLE in Inishowen
urged to be SunSmart as temperatures set to rise.
With temperatures in the peninsula set to reach as high as
28 degrees over the coming days, the Irish Cancer
Society is urging the public to take measures to
protect their skin and follow the SunSmart code.
Kevin O’Hagan, Cancer Prevention Manager with the
Irish Cancer Society said, “With the onset of
increasing temperatures, it is vital that people
take pre-cautions to reduce their risk of sun
“It is especially important to protect babies and
children as much of the UV damage that leads to skin
cancer takes place in the early years of life.
Research has shown that getting sunburnt in
childhood or adolescence can increase the risk of
melanoma--the most serious form of skin cancer.
Tanned skin is damaged skin. The tan a child gets
may fade but the damage remains.
“By protecting children and young people’s skin when
they are outdoors you can reduce their risk of
developing skin cancer in years to come. But, using
sunscreen alone is not enough so make sure to follow
the full SunSmart code to ensure maximum
Irish Cancer Society urges the public
in Inishowen to be SunSmart as temperatures set
The SunSmart Code:
- Seek Shade - when UV rays are at their strongest (generally between 11am and 3pm).
- Cover Up - by wearing a shirt with a collar and long
shorts. Also wear a hat that gives shade to your
face, neck and ears.
- Wear Wraparound Sunglasses - make sure they give UV
- Slop On Sunscreen - use sunscreen SPF minimum 30 or
higher and UVA protection 20 minutes before going
outside and re-apply every two hours (more often if
swimming or perspiring).
- Check the UV index at
www.cancer.ie/uvindex and keep babies under six
months out of the sun.
For more information on skin cancer or how to be
www.cancer.ie/Sunsmart or contact the Cancer
Nurseline on Freephone 1800 200 700.